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Colour powder, Holi powder & Gulal: What's the difference?

They look the same, feel the same and even throw the same, but what’s the deal with all of these powders? It’s less complicated than you may think… they’re actually the same product! Colour powder comes with many names that have evolved over time as the popularity of colour powder has risen. Let’s go back to the beginning...


Gulal is the original name given to the coloured powder used during Hindu celebrations and religious rituals as well as during Holi, the Festival of Colours. Our colour powder builds upon tradition by still being manufactured in India whilst following modern processes to ensure the safety of the colour powder.


Colour Powder, Holi Powder & Gulal: What's the Difference? - Ministry of Colours

Traditionally, Gulal was made from natural colourings from spring flowers, berries, spices and other plants, adopting the name Herbal Gulal, as the ingredients tended to be very beneficial for the skin.


As Holi festivals gained popularity and colour powder was in higher demand, Gulal adopted the name Holi powder, as people associated Gulal with Holi. Higher demand also meant naturally sourced colourings were replaced with synthetic colourings, which were easier to manufacture in bulk. Our colour powder is made from non-toxic, vegetable and food grade dyes, making Ministry of Colours one of the safest colour powder suppliers in the UK.


Colour powder is a term that is used when not referring to Hindu festivals or celebrations, such as colour runs, colour parties, gender reveals and pet photoshoots


If you’d like to celebrate a Hindu festival with some Gulal or Holi powder, or if you’d like to use colour powder in your next event, don’t hesitate to get in touch for the best quality supplies.